Bill436: New Hampshire has increased the scope of MSB licensing and clarified exemptions

Bill436: New Hampshire has increased the scope of MSB licensing and clarified certain exemptions for users of virtual currency. House bill 666 (HB666) regulated money transmission services using virtual currency. This was approved in July...

Don’t forget to register with FinCEN if you are a foreign digital currency exchange

Sometimes there is a misconception that if you are based outside of the US and operating a digital currency exchange with US customers that there is no requirement to comply with US rules. That is...

“The Times They Are A Changin’” – tax enforcement against cryptoexchanges is the new...

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has requested details on Coinbase’s users to identify any tax violations. This action seems to have arisen as a result of US Treasury reprimanding the IRS for not...

California to launch the first US Virtual Currency Sandbox

California feels, rather than licensing virtual currency businesses, it should enroll them in a program to help the state learn more about the technology. Last year Bill 1326 was introduced to license virtual currency businesses (the Initial Bill)...

Selling bitcoins is not regulated by State of Florida?

Previously we reported of the entrapment case of Michell Espinoza who was accused of operating an unlicensed MSB and money laundering for having sold bitcoin to undercover agents with fake criminal pretexts. The Circuit Court Judge...

Miami CSI – Bitcoin entrapment 101

US undercover agents regularly adopt overt criminal pretexts for the purchase of bitcoin to see who will fall in the snare. It is quite apparent, that the problem with money laundering regulation is that...

Delaware taking wait-and-see approach to blockchain regulation

Governor Jack Markell issued a Press Release on Delaware stance towards blockchain tech. From a regulatory standpoint the Governor emphasised that he wants to ensure that Delaware’s: “regulatory environment is welcoming and enabling by observing...

Consumer protection or consumer benefits – CATO Institute

Dana Syracuse, one of the draftsmen of the Bitlicense, made an interesting point at the recent CATO Institute conference on blockchain that focusing on "consumer protection can cause lawmakers to overlook consumer benefits, especially benefits...

Federal Reserve prepared to endorse regulatory changes if blockchain proves itself

Governor Lael Brainard (a Governor of the Federal Reserve) gave a speech at the Institute of International Finance Blockchain Roundtable, Washington, D.C. on  April 14, 2016 where he showed overall an interest in blockchain...

CFTC Commissioner advice to regulators regarding blockchain technology: “Do No Harm”

CFTC Commissioner Christopher Giancarlo gave a speech at the end of March to the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation where he compared blockchain technology to the internet. He created a corollary between no regulatory intervention with...